September Book Discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting six book discussions in September. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email to be … [Read More]

“Elsewhere” by Alexis Schaitkin

Elsewhere By Alexis Schaitkin I received an ARC of Elsewhere from Celadon Books in exchange for an honest review. Like Piranesi (the best book of 2020), Elsewhere is a novel that resists reviewing: it’s nigh-perfect, borderline unclassifiable, and much of its magic depends on you not knowing where its rushing river will take you—what rapids … [Read More]

“Not Good for Maidens” by Tori Bovalino

Not Good for Maidens By Tori Bovalino I received an ARC of Not Good for Maidens from Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have fond memories of encountering Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” for the first time in college, but it doesn’t seem to have a strong grip on pop culture the … [Read More]

“Nightcrawling” by Leila Mottley

Nightcrawling By Leila Mottley I received an ARC of Nightcrawling from Knopf Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Nightcrawling is a frustrating book. It is an accomplished debut novel from a young writer (Oakland’s former youth poet laureate, seventeen years old when she wrote Nightcrawling) with a strong authorial voice—it wouldn’t surprise me … [Read More]

“Counterfeit” by Kirstin Chen

Counterfeit By Kirstin Chen I received an ARC of Counterfeit from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. Counterfeit is a novel best experienced if you go in cold, but I have to write something besides “this book is good and you should read it” (although it is and you should), so here are … [Read More]

“Yerba Buena” by Nina LaCour

Yerba Buena By Nina LaCour I received an ARC of Yerba Buena from Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. I was very much looking forward to Nina LaCour’s adult debut after being enraptured by the lyrical prose and melancholy tone of We Are Okay—I wasn’t sure if that mood was specific to that … [Read More]